Honors | Communication and Culture
C130 | 1126 | Andrews


A fundamental assumption of this course is that the aim of a liberal
education is to prepare students to engage in civic, professional,
intellectual, and commercial pursuits ethically and effectively. Doing so
requires the ability to communicate significant ideas to audiences as well
as to evaluate ideas that are presented by others--to be, in other words,
a proficient, capable producer and consumer of communication. Accordingly,
C130 focuses on understanding and adapting to the needs of audiences, the
critical analysis of ideas, carrying out research and gathering and
evaluating evidence, organizing material, and clearly presenting ideas
orally.
The central activity of the class will be the preparation and presentation
of speeches, most of which will be videotaped. Students will give speeches
designed to gain audience understanding (informative speeches) and
speeches designed to reinforce community values, gain agreement with
controversial ideas, and induce action (persuasive speeches). Students
will also prepare and deliver a special occasion speech, choosing from a
speech of introduction, a speech of tribute, an acceptance speech, a
speech of inspiration, or an after-dinner speech. The basic requirements
of students in the class are to: attend every class meeting; complete
assignments by the date due and participate in class discussions, take a
written examination based on readings in the text and class
lectures/discussions, give four speeches in class on the day assigned,
conforming to the requirements for each speech, and serve as Chair for one
round of speeches. Although it is important to study the text as assigned,
much of the reading in the course will be devoted to research related to
speech topics.